Kendal Mint Cake
Sheila McClennon explores the history of British sweet treats: an ‘accidental’ creation in Cumbria, Kendal Mint Cake. From August 2004.
According to legend, a 19th-century Kendal confectioner invented Kendal Mint Cake by accident in the Cumbrian town.
Little did he realise the outsized role it was to take in mountaineering history – including fuelling the first ascent of Mount Everest.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes shares fond memories of his own expeditions - and the key role the cake played for him.
Five choice slices of British sweet treats as Sheila McClennon tells the stories behind them.
Producer: Libby Cross
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.